Penn State Football: Updating the Nittany Lions All-Time Team10 min read

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John Baranowski is a sports historian and contributor to newspapers, sports publications and sports websites. This and other articles written by him can be found on his blog:  https://johnbaranowski.wordpress.com/

Back in 2011, after having researched extensively only to find a dearth of articles regarding an All-Time Penn State Nittany Lions football team, I wrote the following article that can be found at:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/789688-announcing-the-penn-state-nittany-lions-all-time-football-team

While writing the article, I thought that it would take an extraordinarily talented player to break into Penn State’s all-time lineup. That certainly proved to be the case. Here is the updated pre-2018 edition of Penn State’s all-time football team.

QB: Kerry Collins

Collins won the Maxwell Award as the outstanding player in college football in 1994 and earns the selection over fellow Maxwell Award winner and Heisman trophy runner-up Chuck Fusina. Collins was the conductor of arguably the greatest offense in college football history. In 1994, Collins completed 66.7 percent of his passes and had a passer rating of 172.86.

Current Penn State quarterback Tracey McSorley is being touted as a Heisman candidate in 2018 and may end up owning most of Penn State’s career passing records by the time he is through. Having led Penn State to two major bowl games, a stellar senior season may put McSorley in the discussion as Penn State’s all-time quarterback.

RB: Saquon Barkley

What can be said about Saquon Barkley that has not already been said? Just watching his jaw-dropping runs speaks volumes and yet leaves one speechless. Statistics do not tell the story of Barkley but yet he is the first Penn State running back to gain over 3,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving and he accomplished that by midway of his junior season. His 358 total yards against Iowa set a new Penn State single game total yardage record.

Barkley is second in career rushing yardage with 3,843 in only three seasons and is Penn State’s all-time leader in yards from scrimmage with 5,038 yards. Barkley is only one of two running backs at Penn State to be named an All-American twice. The other joins him in the all-time Penn State backfield.

RB: Curt Warner

An All-American in 1981 and 1982, upon graduation Warner was Penn State’s all-time leading rusher with 3,398 yards. He is still Penn State’s all-time leader in 100-yard games with 18.

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John Baranowski

John Baranowski is a sports historian and contributor to newspapers, sports publications and sports websites. This and other articles written by him can be found on his blog:  https://johnbaranowski.wordpress.com/

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